Horror Poem: A Price To Pay

He slides between the sheets
falls asleep
alone
for the first time in years

Outside
in the hallway
footsteps
feet
shlopping and squelching
along the carpet
stopping
outside the bedroom

The door creaks
opens
A sliver of moonlight
widens
bathing the room in
silver moonlight

The stench of swamp water
wakes him
from a dreamless sleep

He tries to turn
toward the stench
toward the squelching
He can’t move
his body is frozen

Something’s in the room
with him
behind him, something
that smells of swamp

Squelch, shlop, squelch
shlop
It stops
behind him
breathes
so loud
too loud

It slides into bed
beside him
slithers
over his useless body
squirms
into his rigid arms

Wet
slimy hands
caress
his naked body

He tries to speak
his words are slurred
swallowed
screams, slip away
dissolve
unheard

It slides its swollen tongue
between his teeth
Worms, maggots
squirm
all the way down
into his stomach

It disappears
into the night
satisfied
The only evidence
left behind
a piece of scalp
on the bedside table

She’ll come again
tomorrow night
every night
until
he pays
until
his sanity
slips away


© Natalie Mansfield

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